Kickboxers picked for England

EIGHT Yarmouth junior kickboxers took part in the open British junior full contact championships and England squad selections in Birming-ham. Two hundred juniors from England, Scotland and Wales fought to win the prestigious WKA British titles and to qualify for their national teams.

EIGHT Yarmouth junior kickboxers took part in the open British junior full contact championships and England squad selections in Birming-ham. Two hundred juniors from England, Scotland and Wales fought to win the prestigious WKA British titles and to qualify for their national teams.

Luca McComb (eight) won the British Under 25 kilo (six to eights) category, winning his quarter-final, semi-final and final in style.

Luca has now had 35 bouts and won three national titles.

Ben Mitchell (13) won the British under 45 kilo (12-14) category, winning a close semi-final but really coming on strong in a hard-fought final.


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Kelsea Carroll (12) won the British under 35 kilo (12-14) category.

Jack Docherty (16) beat the far more experienced Scottish champion in the semi-final of the under 60 kilo (15-17) category then lost a close final to 30-bouter Caine Chamberlain of Leciester (Jack only having his ninth bout).

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Conor Judge (15) won the silver medal in the under 50 kilo category (15-17) but was not at his best and had he listened to his trainers would have beaten the gold medal winner from Liverpool.

Carlos Moran (10) showed he had a heart of a lion and could be a star of the future achieving a bronze medal (third place) in a very big and experienced category (under 30 kilos 9-11).

Nicky McHugh in the same category as Moran won his first tough eliminator bout with a strong performance but unfortunately got winded in his quarter-final and couldn't continue. He'll come back stronger and wiser next year when he will be the right weight for his category and a year older.

Tommy Bracken (eight) was accidently kicked in the groin in the final of the U30 kilo six to eight category and after a mandatory break couldn't continue but still achieved the silver medal.

It was overall a superb day for the 3 Lions juniors, one of the strongest junior teams in the country.

At a WKA team selection meeting after the event, a team of 35 juniors from all over the country was picked to represent England at this year's world junior full contact championships in Scotland in October.

Five Yarmouth juniors were selected by the England selections committee to be in the 35-member England squad.

Under 30 kilos male (nine-11) Carlos Moran, under 35 kilos female (12-14) Kelsea Carroll, under 45 kilos male (12-14) Ben Mitchell, under 60 kilos male (15-17) Jack Docherty, under 60 kilos male (15-17) Dan Dawson.

World junior champion Yarmouth's Cameron McGarrigle (15) was also asked to represent England but couldn't accept the invitation as he is due to have an operation on his knee which could keep him out of the ring for up to a year.

Last year's world silver medallist Jade Munro (13) was also picked to represent England, but had to turn it down as she is concentrating on ABA boxing.

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